Super-hero bear book aiming to save the planet
A FORMER recycling worker has written a children's book with an environmental theme.
Michael Booth wrote Teide Bear and the Pirates – about a hero teddy – after being inspired by Mount Teide on the island of Tenerife.
His adventure story – which promotes recycling – has now been launched worldwide on the Kindle electronic book reader.
Mr Booth, 53, of Green Lane, Ilkeston, said: "I love Tenerife and I've visited Mount Teide many times.
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"It's not promoted in any way, shape or form as it should be. It's fantastic."
He said he came up with the idea for the book five years ago.
He said: "I went to sleep one night and I had a dream about a super hero named Teide Bear. The next morning I jotted all of it down and gradually told people about it who said it was a great and unusual idea."
Mr Booth said that his previous career had inspired him to incorporate the "green theme" into his work.
"The book is about Teide Bear who goes on his first adventure," he said.
"It involves some animals and pirates and, of course, it is set on the island of Teide.
"The motto for the book is 'rescues, recycles and reuses'. It's modern and I thought it was a good way to help educate children about recycling."
Mr Booth said it was after speaking to friends at a school reunion that his book idea became a reality.
He said: "Four of us got together, including an artist and a proof reader and they helped me to get the book into practice. We've published the book ourselves and the illustrations are great."
Mr Booth said that launching the book on Kindle tied in with the eco-friendly theme.
He said: "We wanted to get the book released on Kindle as it means there is no paper used.
"If there is a big demand, then we may have to think of alternative ways of printing."
He said the book was aimed predominately at children.
A soft-toy version of Teide Bear has also been produced which Mr Booth hopes will go on sale soon.
The Kindle book is available at www.amazon.co.uk, priced £4.91.